Love in the Word Church

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

What a powerful lesson from Paul in 2 Corinthians 12. The man caught up into the third heaven is Paul himself. Paul speaks about himself in the third person so that He CAN continue to boast in what God has done for him and how he has raised him high above even other spiritual men. Paul knows that boasting like this about HIMSELF is sinful! So he talks about “the man” in the fleshly way while contrasting himself and introducing the Truth that he had been secretly revealing to them in the first place. Paul could boast like that man and it would be true. Those things actually happened to Paul and he said if he shared them, they would make him conceited since he would be sharing what great things he, and not the Lord, had done. Then Paul concludes that God had given him a thorn (fleshly appetite for some sin) in his side that he begged Jesus to take away. Verse 9 is the Truth that he wants these Corinthians to receive. Why wouldn’t God take away this thorn? “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

See this is the concept rooted in Truth - the godly never boast about what they have done and how great they are, they boast only in their weakness to show the awesome glory of God. It is in our weaknesses that grace is applied because of our inherent sinful nature and then, through us God can perform miracles. This is not a false or feigned humility but humility forged in life’s furnace of affliction where glory in EVERY situation is given to God. It is only in recognition of our inherent weakness can God use us and produce greatness in us that gives honor and glory to Him. In this way the Corinthians get to see their own folly and conclude that those “super apostles” were really not from God at all. Why? Their actions were inconsistent with godliness, because they boasted in their own strength to appear important. Godly leaders and Christians MUST call on God because of their understanding of their own sinful flesh! Godly people see God as great. Ungodly people see themselves! What a strategic use of knowledge and godly wisdom. Praise Him. Amen